Published online April 1, 2023
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Lina Cifuentes-Correa1, Jefferson Quiroz-Fabra2*, Alejandro Valencia-Arias2, Wilmer Londoño-Celis1, Mauricio Hincapie1
1Facultad de Ingeniería, Corporación Universitaria Americana, Carrera 42 No. 52-06, 050012, Medellín, Colombia
2Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Carrera 76A No. 32-73, 050036, Medellín, Colombia
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This study develops a methodology proposal to determine the territories that have the potential to become a UNESCO Geopark, considering aspects associated with the region, thus being one of the few examples of this type of methodologies that involve aspects related to the conditions of developing countries in Latin America. The methodological proposal is developed based on the consultation of several international models and official UNESCO documents; criteria associated with the territory are proposed, and quantitative instruments that allow a better evaluation are formulated. In addition to the development of a methodology, a case study is carried out to corroborate the different methodological processes proposed around an initiative for the constitution of a geopark in Colombia.